Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Favorites

Reviewing far fewer books in the last couple years has been deliberate but it was not planned to leave off my biannual book round-ups so I'm happy to be getting this post up. I even let my spreadsheet languish for 1.5 years but Goodreads is now doing up an end of year list so you can see all the books I read in 2013 at this handy (and fancy!) link now it's updated:

 sgwordy's Read in 2013 
(and b/c last year I was delinquent here's a bonus Read in 2012)

Favorite fiction: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Favorite non-fiction: The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Favorite mystery/thriller: Suspect by Robert Crais

Favorite historical fiction: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Favorite fantasy: Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton

Favorite Sci-fi: The City & the City by China Mieville
Just barely edged a couple of Joan D. Vinge titles for its fantastic exploration of what we 'see' and 'unsee.'

Favorite Romance: Two-way tie!
Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale (Audiobook)
For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale (Audiobook)

Surprise hit: The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein
My interest in Arthur tales is pretty much nil these days so I was quite happily surprised to be completely engrossed by this one.

Surprise blunder: Cold Fire by Kate Elliott
A sadly disappointing end to a very cool alternate history fantasy trilogy.

Favorite author discovered in 2013: Joan D. Vinge

Most re-read book first read in 2013: None for 2013 (!??!?) so instead...
Most re-read author in 2013: N. K. Jemisin

Most recommended book and recommendation actually taken:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Most recommended books I wish people would have read but usually didn't:
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
Don't Shoot by David M. Kennedy
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

And since I do occasionally do something other than read...

Favorite - Flight
Surprise hit - Magic Mike
Surprise blunder - This is 40 (though if I had known it was Apatow (sp?) this would not have been a surprise to me)

Video games:
Favorite - Star Wars: The Old Republic

Past Editions: 
2010 Favorites
2011 Favorites
2012 (Half-year) Favorites

What have been your favorites this year?

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